Hypnosis was officially endorsed by the American Medical Association in 1958 as a legitimate, safe, therapeutic approach to medical and psychological problems. New scientific research is continually emerging and the area of Medical Hypnosis is now used throughout the world. Hypnosis has enables people overcome personal and physical problems relatively quickly with lasting results. Hypnosis has grown in popularity as a favorable treatment approach to problems ranging from pain management to anxiety and fears to sports and other performing arts. In addition to the more widely known uses of hypnosis, it can often provide an extremely helpful means of unearthing unconscious and difficult to manage emotional content and memories, as well as their resulting emotional baggage that can plague a person for decades.
As the practice and study of hypnosis has grown, many untrained or minimally trained individuals have flooded the marketplace, probably with the best intentions, but without adequate clinical knowledge and experience to both utilize hypnosis effectively and manage the often complicated results for the unique individual. The truth is that hypnosis is incredibly effective and when it’s practiced by a qualified professional, it can change your life in a relatively short amount of time. In addition to extensive training I received in graduate school and during my residency, I’ve also received formal training with the Southern California Society for the Clinical Hypnosis, which is a subsidiary of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. Hypnosis can bring about a break-through in feeling and functioning that otherwise can take years in traditional therapy or other forms of treatment. But when it is practiced by unqualified helpers, the results can range from worthless to disastrous. I know this because I’m often sought out by individuals who were disappointed or damaged by other practitioners who conduct hypnosis without proper training.
If you’re interested in finding out all of the areas that hypnosis can effect change in your world, contact me and we can talk about your situation in depth. As with all of my therapeutic approaches, I’ve been doing this long enough to make it look and seem easy, even though there is much technical skill and experience behind each and every intervention I will employ to help you get the results you want in the most efficient way. I’ve been practicing it for many years now and consider hypnosis to be one of the most powerful and effective methods in helping people and of teaching people to help themselves. Though there are countless ways in which I incorporate hypnosis into therapy with all of my patients, the following are some specific areas for which people often consult me outside of traditional psychotherapy.
- Smoking Cessation/ Substance Abuse/ Eating Disorders and other addictive behaviors
- Pregnancy/Childbirth/Postnatal problems such as breastfeeding, depression and physical pain
- Performance Anxiety with actors, musicians and other public speakers and performers
- Spiritual Healing, Exploration, and Inquiry
- Social Anxiety
- Writer’s Block
- Phobias, such as flying, claustrophobia, agoraphobia, needles
- Physical problems such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, chronic back pain and tinnitus
- Cancer-related issues such as fears and pain associated with treatment and existential crisis
- Sexual performance and satisfaction
- Post Traumatic Stress from rape, incest, childhood abuse and trauma, or chronically
stressful situations that occur in adulthood
- Attention Deficit Disorder in children and adults
- Academic Performance for students of all ages, including children
- Enhanced Athletic Performance and Stage Performance